Denyer, explaining he was recovering from a big Logies night told NOVA hosts that “I’m feeling like I had sex with a black man right now.“
You can hear the comment here.
It’s very awkward for the host given the new series of his karaoke show It Takes Two includes both Ernie Dingo and Anthony Callea.
He later added, “I’ll be the host who looks like he’s been riding a horse for a week.”
Opposition multicultural spokesman Laurie Ferguson said the comments were deplorable and could be referred to the Australian broadcasting watchdog ACMA.
Ghassan Kassieh from the Spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said the comment reinforced a stereotype of black men as aggressive and predatory. “This is a totally unacceptable comment, and should never have been made on air,” he said.
On Today Tonight Denyer apologised saying, “Anyone who knows me knows I wouldn’t go out to offend. It was a wobbly joke, made way too early in the morning.”
On the Logies Red Carpet Denyer was happy to chat on TV Tonight for JOY 94.9FM. I’d be surprised to learn he was indeed homophobic, and while the comment sounds like it was in poor form, let’s not blow things out of proportion.
After all in the right context that comment could also be considered a compliment.